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Given the physical terrain and random ruins cropping up in abandoned regions, treks are the most adventurous things to do in this region. There are several trekking and hiking trails that exist here for this purpose. There are also small local restaurants and camping points to make the trekking routes more attractive. Some take a more historic route while others give you a taste of wilderness. However, each trek is adventurous in its own right! The best options are as follows:
As has already been mentioned, the famous old temple of Angkor Wat is one of the key attractions here. However, there are many more places to go here as well. There are smaller museums, galleries, shops, floating villages, rice paddies, fishing villages, wildlife parks, apsara folk dances, handicraft stores and so on. A sightseeing tour would not take you straight from your resort to the ruinous temple but across several attractions, the best of which are:
Like hiking and trekking, this area also has provisions for biking! You can explore the entire area on two cycles in a few hour! Biking trips can be taken from this small town to several interesting locations close by. Biking trips are also made to explore the Cambodian countryside and enjoy the landscape of the area. Key options are:
While one can trek, bike or hike and return to the comfort of their resorts, the more adventurous can stay out camping in the wilderness. There are several sweet spots perfect to pitch a tent and build a bonfire and roast marshmallows close to Siem Reap. Some of the best camping tours of Siem Reap are:
In addition to historic stories and heritage value, Siem Reap also has a wealthy endowment of exotic eastern wildlife! It has a Bird sanctuary and its own fair share of jungles and parks for tourists to enjoy this wildlife. Exotic species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are seen here. Names you would have read only on google can be seen in real life in the jungles of Cambodia. The best places to go for wildlife tours here are:
With Buddhism still in the air of this region, that was once the site of several Buddhist stupas and temples, there are still several monks in the surrounding areas. One can even go on a spiritual journey here. Several tourists are known to contemplate questions of life and death and religion after visiting Angkor Vat, such is the power of the temple. There are several spiritual centers akin to Indian ashrams in this region that help you rediscover yourself. The best amongst these are:
One of the most famous attractions of Siem Reap or Cambodia other than the Angkor Wat are the floating villages here. Floating villages are definitely an interesting visit if nothing else. They have residents with abodes that float. Public buildings like schools, entertainment centers, fishing grounds are all floating as well! There are villages where all these houses are made on large stilts as well. They too are often referred to as floating villages. These villages are located on the Tonle Sap Lake and there are a few that are accessible from Siem Reap and are thus a recipient of heavy inflow of tourists. These are:
There are several small pathways to take you cycling around Siem Reap. These routes also connect to neighboring towns and cities and thus offer several interesting routes for avid cyclers. The best amongst these are:
For tourists looking for more romantic or relaxed ways of spending their vacation compared to cycling and trekking activities, there are several interesting walking tours here as well! These tours take you past more of the worthwhile monuments giving you a chance to enjoy the full glory of the town. The most famous places to traverse in a walking tour are:
Snorkelling and scuba diving are a few other adventure spots that one can engage in apart from exploring Angkor. For those who love water and are looking for adrenaline rush these are the best options. Exploring the underwater marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving in an interesting and thrilling adventure. The sites greeting these divers generally include coral reefs and schools of different varieties of fish in the clear aquamarine water. Diving sites are far from the mainland and the closest would be a drive of one and half hours depending on traffic. Some of these sites need to be reached by train or flight. The best sites for these activities are:
The Port of Siem Reap is where tourists can embark upon sort as well as long cruises. Many travelers are called to this port as they were in olden times. Siem Reap is a popular cruise stop and is thus, a part of the route of several long cruises. Approaching the towering Buddhist temples from the clear blue ocean is an experience in itself. Some popular cruise routes to embark upon from Siem Reap are:
There are several sailing sites near Siem Reap as well. Once can take small boats, ferries or yachts and explore the floating villages from these sites. Sailing trips exploring the Tonle Sap Lake are the best deals. You can enter and go around a floating village or a stilted village and then afterward go to a water sports center and engage in water activities like snorkeling and diving. Avalon Cruises are excellent in quality and of reasonable price. Not only do they offer long cruises starting from Siem Reap they also offer short sailing trips. A sailing trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is also an enriching experience. Like Avalon Cruises there are several other agencies in the area that arrange these activities for tourists.
Siem Reap has whole and functional temples other than the Angkor Vat as well. It is home to rich religious experiences that can be experienced via several different pilgrimage tours of the area. There are Hindu temples, Buddhist sanctuaries, and various other religious sects. Angkor Wat temples are the best pilgrimage tour in Siem Reap. One can hire a motorized rickshaw, ride a bike or just walk and go around all the temples one by one letting their magnificence hold one’s mind in awe. Starting from Angkor Thom one can go see Bayon and move on to Preah Khan and so on. One can move beyond Siem Reap to visit all the other temples in Cambodia as well. It’s only a matter of how long and tiring does one want their pilgrimage to be. Provisions for such tours and trips can be easily made independently or by hiring an agency.